Social Science


Lori Witt (director), Mark Barloon, Anya Butt, Andrew Green, Keith Jones, Tuan Nguyen, George Nwaogu, Tim Olin, Randy Renstrom, Dawn Reece, Ashely Scolaro, Elena Vishnevskaya, Shawn Wick, Jon Witt, Keith Yanner, Jim Zaffiro

Statement of philosophy

The social science major offers the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in several disciplines. This major appeals to students who desire a broadly based experience in the social sciences. A critical element of the major is the recognition of essential understandings within academic disciplines and the relationships among the disciplines.

The social science major provides a solid background for a variety of career options. It is particularly appropriate for prospective social studies teachers at the secondary level.


Major Communication Skills

The student and major advisor will develop from one or more upper-level courses in the major a course portfolio that reflects successful demonstration of skills in reading, listening and speaking.


Social Science Major Requirements (45-47 credits)

1. Complete all courses from three of the subject areas below:

American history (at least 15 credits)
HIST 130 United States to 1877 (3) or HIST 131 United States Since 1877 (3)
HIST 486  History Research Seminar (4)
Two American History Electives at the 200- or 300-level (total of at least 8 credits)

World history (at least 15 credits)
HIST 125 World History of 1500 (3) or HIST 126 World History Since 1500 (3)
HIST  485  Historiography Seminar (4)
At least two World HIST Electives at the 200- or 300- level (total of at least 8 credits)

Note: The following courses may count with permission of the director. Those seeking  eacher licensure should get EDUC department approval in advance.
            HIST 100T TE Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern (3-4)
Or HIST 100T TE Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present (3-4)
Or HIST 100AP AP European History (3)

American government (at least 15 credits)
POLS 110 Introduction to American Politics (4)
And at least 11 credits chosen from:
POLS 211 American Political Parties (4)
POLS 212 Congress (4)
POLS 213 Courts (4)
POLS 214 The Presidency (4)
POLS 215 The Politics of State and Local Governments (4)
POLS 216 Political Behavior: Political Participation, Elections, and Media (4)
POLS 316 Presidential Elections (4)
POLS 361 American Political Philosophy (4)

Economics (16 credits)
ECON 112 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 113 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 312 Microeconomic Theory (4)
or ECON 313 Macroeconomic Theory (4)
Two 200-level or above ECON electives (6 credits total), excluding ECON 281

Geography (at least 15 credits)
GEOG 210 Human Geography (4)
At least 12 credits from GEOG courses, with 5 credits at the 300- level or above

Psychology (15 credits)
PSYC 122 General Psychology (3)
Two 200-level PSYC courses (total of at least 6 credits)
Two 300- or 400-level PSYC courses (total of at least 6 credits)

Sociology (15 credits)
SOC 120 Principles of Sociology
Two 200-level courses (6 credits) chosen from:
SOC 225 Social Problems (3)
SOC 235 Schools and Societies (3)
SOC 241 Criminology (3)
SOC 242 Sociology of the Family (3)
Two SOC electives at the 300-level or above (6 credits)